Are you tired of having the cloud messaging or cloud vendors dictating terms to you? Today IT departments are being inundated with messages about the cloud...and what it could and should mean to them. More importantly, for IT to start behaving like a cloud vendor it is imperative that they take seriously the need to develop hybrid cloud solutions to the services that IT provides. A first step in this is getting started with the creation of a private cloud .
A private cloud initiative/proof of concept should be on the road map now for IT enterprises looking to stay ahead of the storm. For most organizations, it is a very significant change from the current way of doing business – so they need a way of getting their hands in it and learning in a safe, low-risk way, such as a 'skunk works' or proof of concept approach. Building a private cloud that is focused on solving a particular business problem is the right way to go about it.
While there are many 'how-to' guides available for building a private cloud, here are three core principles to help guide your efforts in learning quickly and sustainably:
It's about providing business services. A private cloud provides service(s) that a customer can buy easily – grow, shrink and cancel when they no longer need it. Service is based on what the business needs so start with the end in mind. I think the best candidate for your 'skunk works' is the R&D and dev-test environment!
Define the closed loop service life cycle. For start to finish, how will it be packaged, configured, priced, ordered, sold, run?
Provision and support the services. Clouds only work economically on the premise of shared services with multiple users on the same infrastructure. This design should reflect thinking from the start and begin with self-service configuration and automated provisioning and accounting. Properly applied, effective front-end self-service feeds much of the back-end data required. Technologically, think whole life cycle and plan for easy sales, provisioning, support and billing of planned services.
The killer app for the private cloud today is to point this private cloud towards R&D/Test. This environment is the poster child for what a private cloud can solve today. Finally, building a hybrid cloud that leverages internal and external resources will help you build something that solves the problem regardless of the limitations you may have internally. Think about a front-end cloud system that can burst into cloud services like Amazon EC2 or other compute vendors, but that behaves the same way for the end user. Starting with these three principles in mind will help you create the kind of dynamic, flexible solution that solves business problems and allows you to create your own weather in the data center – instead of feeling like a twister just rolled through!
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About the Author
Jason Whitesides, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Solutions - Evergreen Systems
As the EVP of Enterprise Solutions, Jason is charged with evaluating the solutions that Evergreen provides to make sure we are bringing value to our customers. Additionally, he is responsible for innovation and works with our key customers, practice managers and senior consultants to develop programs and initiatives that will lead transformation of IT. Jason also manages all pre-sales technical solutions support at Evergreen.
Jason has more than 20 years’ experience in IT. He has been with Evergreen since it merged with net.works (NDW) in 2008. He is an alumnus of Brigham Young University where he majored in Electrical Engineering.